This article was originally published on RealLifeDIY
The holidays are filled with traditions, from special foods to festive decorations. Of course, one of the most beloved customs is decorating the tree. But some people prefer going against the norm and designing their Christmas trees with a twist. And while they might be different from what Santa's used to seeing, they're too creative and funny not to love. So whether you're looking for home decor inspiration or just some holiday-themed laughs, you'll want to check out these DIY Christmas trees.
The Knowledge Tree
This creative Christmas tree was put together by a local library. Such a novel idea.
Now the Dewey decimal system is ruined.
The Levitating Tree
What kind of sorcery is this?! Was it created by a wizard?
This kind of decorating takes a lot of balls.
The Scientific Tree
What kind of Christmas tree do you get when you work in a science lab? A Chemis-tree!
This is a cool idea, just make sure you don't bump into it.
The Army Supply Tree
A group of soldiers who are deployed decided to make the most of the supplies they had at their base. They created this unique Christmas tree.
It looks like it is inspired by the movie Mad Max.
The Succulent Tree
The traditional Christmas tree usually starts dying before Christmas even comes around (depending on when you get it).
This is an excellent solution if you want your tree to last much longer than Christmas Day.
The Portal Tree
"The tree is coming through the ceiling again!"
If you are a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, this tree idea is for you.
The Recycled Tree
When you clean out your room and find at least 50 plastic water bottles. Now you have a use for them.
This eco-friendly tree is a fun way to get into recycling.
The Hand Saw Tree
This tree idea is cutting edge! Why use the hand saws to cut a tree down when you can make a tree out of the saws?
Save a tree, use a saw. Sawnta Claus would appreciate this.
The Locked-Up Tree
How do you decorate a Christmas tree at the sheriff's office? Take everyone's handcuffs and lock it up.
This tree isn't going anywhere and has the right to remain silent.
The Modern Art Tree
"Put a frame around it and call it art. People will line up just to see what they have in their own homes."
It even has an interactive part for kids.
The Error 404 Tree
Error 404: Decorations Not Found. Check connection or reload tree.
Is this pure genius or ultimate laziness?
The Ghostly Tree
This is a real nightmare before Christmas. Even Santa would be scared by this.
Imagine walking through your house in the middle of the night, half-asleep, and seeing this.
The Healthy Tree
Here is finally an appropriate use for broccoli and cauliflower.
If you try this at home, keep your pets away, or you might discover some bites taken out of the tree.
The Bacteria Tree
Germs can be festive too. It's the Christmas bug.
How cultured, it's really growing on us!
The Tree That Should Have Been Measured
This tree is so cool; it's through the roof! It looks like someone forgot to measure the height of their ceilings or the height of the tree.
So it might just be some clever decorations, but it is a cool idea.
The Binary Code Tree
Not only is the tree made out of binary code, but the numbers are gingerbread cookies. Santa will definitely be full after this tree.
Does the tree spell out "Merry Christmas" in binary code?
The Sandbag Tree
These Marines in Afghanistan made a tree using extra sandbags they had on their base.
They are dreaming of a sandy Christmas.
The High Tech Tree
When you work at a high tech company and have extra computer screens, this is the only appropriate Christmas tree.
The presents that they put under will also be virtual.
The Alien Abduction Tree
This is a UFO abduction style tree, and you do not want to step in the middle of those light beams.
The aliens have come to take you and all your Christmas presents.
The Indecisive Tree
When you and your wife can't agree on a decoration style, so you split the tree decorations in half.
This looks like a left brain, right brain tree. Which side do you like better?
The Easy To Climb Tree
Who needs a tree when you have a ladder and some string lights.
It must have been effortless to get the star on top of this "tree."
The Musical Tree
When you bought an upright bass because you thought you would learn to play it as a new hobby.
Here is one use for that instrument you will never touch. Use it as a Christmas tree instead.
The Tree Without A Tree
Don't feel like buying a tree? No worries, just put up some lights instead.
You know what they say, less is always more.
The Dark Side Tree
"I am your father, Christmas." Even the dark side celebrates Christmas.
You might scare a few people with this Christmas tree.
The Mechanical Tree
Gearheads will love this Christmas tree.
This mechanic shop is geared up for the holiday season.
The Cat Tree, Tree
When you want to have a Christmas tree, but you don't trust your mischievous cats.
This is one tree you can decorate, and you don't have to worry about it getting destroyed.
The Half Eaten By Kirby Tree
"No Kirby! We need that! It's not food."
Kirby clearly doesn't understand the concept of a Christmas tree.
The Santa's Workshop Tree
This handmade wooden tree looks like it came right out of Santa's workshop.
How many elves did it take to craft up this masterpiece?
The Festive Desert Tree
When you live in a desert and have never seen snow before, this is your idea of a Christmas tree.
This is an interesting way to make the most out of the warm climate some people live in.
The Pet-Proof Tree
This is another way to pet-proof your Christmas tree.
Hopefully, the cat can't jump that high, but it looks like it is debating the challenge.
The Engineering Student Tree
This may be one of the smallest Christmas trees, but it is very creative.
This the perfect tree for an engineering dorm room.
The Dancing Tree
This tree is "en pointe!" It could get up and dance the night away.
This tree was the star of the ballet!
The Killer Tree
If Rambo was a Christmas movie, this tree would definitely be in it.
Don't mess with this killer tree. It is armed with bullets, Red Bull, and beer.
The Handsy Tree
Don't you just glove this creative tree idea?
It looks like the tree could reach out and pull you into an alternate Christmas universe.
The Bird Community Tree
This is a unique way to design a Christmas tree, but also a great place for many birds to find shelter.
They could create a whole community for the birds in the area.
The Minimalist Tree
When you want to keep your "tree" simple and out of the way, just put it on the wall.
Use some painters tape, lights, and decorations and you have a very festive piece of wall art.
The Prosthetic Tree
If you really want to get in the holiday spirit, make sure that you are also a walking Christmas decoration.
Christmas has never been so portable.
The Periodic Tree
This periodic Christmas tree even has a gold star to top it off.
It has all the elements of a perfectly decorated tree.
The Oscar The Grouch Tree
When you find an ugly tree but make the most out of it, and end up creating Oscarmas.
Oscar is less of a grouch during the holiday season.
The Stranger Things Tree
Stranger Things is a fantastic Netflix show, so why not create a Christmas tree display inspired by it.
Just don't let your presents get stuck in the upside-down.
The QWERTY Tree
This keyboard Christmas tree is lit! They even made a star out of mice.
Now we have the sudden urge to add a rainbow keyboard to our Christmas lists.
The Star Wars Tree
This is a less scary take on the Darth Vader tree.
This tree has all your favorite Star Wars characters and quotes.
The Best Dressed Tree
This tree will be the belle of the ball and probably win best dressed.
If Project Runway had a Christmas tree dress challenge, this person would win.
The Silent Knight Tree
"Twas the knight before Christmas and all through the house, there was no Christmas tree."
That is one festive silent knight.
The Tree That Will Steal Santa's Cookies
Santa might have to fight this Cookie Monster tree for his cookies.
Sesame Street should take these tree ideas and create a full line of character inspired trees.
The Lazy Tree
When everyone in the office is too lazy to unbox and decorate the tree.
Luckily, someone stepped up to decorate the...box.
The Elegant Tree
If you are looking for a simple yet stylish way to keep your place festive this year, look no further.
That is one classy Christmas idea.
The Texas Tree
Don't have any pine trees near your house, only cacti? Decorate the cactus as a festive alternative.
When you live in the desert, you have to find different ways to improvise.
The Ski Tree
"Ski wish you a Merry Christmas, Ski wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Ski Year."
This ski resort found a good use for all the broken ski's they find on the mountain.
The Climbing Tree
Calling all climbing enthusiasts, we found the perfect Christmas tree for you.
You might have to put your climbing on hold while you use your gear as decorations.